Schistosome fluke, SEM

Schistosome fluke, SEM

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Caption: Male schistosome fluke. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a male schistosome fluke (Schistosoma mansoni), a cause of schistosomiasis in humans. This worm lives in the veins around the large intestine, anchoring itself in place on the blood vessel wall with several suckers (one seen at upper right), and feeding on its host's blood cells. During mating, the male wraps his body around the female, enclosing her in a gynaecophoric canal. The worms cause fever and abdominal pain, and the eggs produced by the female worm can also form obstructions of tissues known as granulomas. Magnification: x60 at 5x7cm size. x100 at 4x5"

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